2017年1月25日 星期三

Mrs Dalloway By Virginia Woolf ;THE NARROW CORNER by W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in the UK Embassy, Paris, France on this day in 1874.
“Life is short, nature is hostile, and man is ridiculous; but oddly enough most misfortunes have their compensations, and with a certain humour and a good deal of horse-sense one can make a fairly good job of what is after all a matter of very small consequence.”
―from THE NARROW CORNER by W. Somerset Maugham
Filled with adventure, passion, and intrigue, THE NARROW CORNER is a classic tale of the sea by one of the twentieth-century’s finest writers. Island hoping across the South Pacific, the esteemed Dr. Saunders is offered passage by Captain Nichols and his companion Fred Blake, two men who appear unsavory, yet any means of transportation is hard to resist. The trip turns turbulent, however, when a vicious storm forces them to seek shelter on the remote island of Kanda. There these three men fall under the spell of the sultry and stunningly beautiful Louise, and their story spirals into a wicked tale of love, murder, jealousy, and suicide.


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"Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame."
―from MRS. DALLOWAY (1925)
MRS. DALLOWAY chronicles a June day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway–a day that is taken up with running minor errands in preparation for a party and that is punctuated, toward the end, by the suicide of a young man she has never met. In giving an apparently ordinary day such immense resonance and significance–infusing it with the elemental conflict between death and life–Virginia Woolf triumphantly discovers her distinctive style as a novelist. Originally published in 1925, MRS. DALLOWAY is Woolf’s first complete rendering of what she described as the “luminous envelope” of consciousness: a dazzling display of the mind’s inside as it plays over the brilliant surface and darker depths of reality. This edition uses the text of the original British publication of MRS. DALLOWAY, which includes changes Woolf made that never appeared in the first or subsequent American editions. READ an excerpt here:http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/mrs-dalloway-by-virgin…/


Virginia Woolf
In Mrs Dalloway, Woolf writes a novel in which the upper-middle class 'is living on borrowed time. Its values … are under attack … the empire was crumbling fast’. The British Library

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